CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2001 |
Listening to all of the tremors that rearranged the political geology on Capitol Hill last week, the casual observer might have imagined that the change in party control resulting from Vermont Sen. James M. Jeffords' shucking his GOP identity was strictly a Democrat versus Republican event. The defection, however, has triggered a series of aftershocks within both parties, and nowhere has the disturbance been as great as among the triumphant Democrats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1997
Secretary of State-designate Madeleine Albright charmed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at her confirmation hearings this week. But the real test of her influence will be in how persuasive her advocacy proves to be on a Congress that doesn't seem to know or care very much about the tasks and challenges facing American diplomacy in a world that still looks to this country for leadership.
August 12, 2004 |
Pouring money into political parties, charities and armed organizations in a semi-covert campaign for influence and control, Iran has emerged as a silent and powerful force in postwar Iraq, Iraqi officials and Western diplomats said. As a neighbor, former enemy in war and sometime haven for opponents of Saddam Hussein, Iran has long been a factor in Iraq's political life.
February 13, 2009 |
A senior U.S. lawmaker said Thursday that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown from an air base in that country, a revelation likely to embarrass the Pakistani government and complicate its counter-terrorism collaboration with the United States. The disclosure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a U.S.
May 8, 2006 |
With her accordion and a suitcase of spring clothes, Ma Young-ae flew from Seoul to Atlanta two years ago for a monthlong tour playing folk songs in church basements. But when it came time to return to Seoul with her musical troupe, Ma and her husband, North Korean defectors who had quarreled with the South Korean tour organizer, refused to go to the airport.
September 13, 2009 |
A White House official Saturday defended President Obama's decision to levy steep tariffs on tires from China, denying that it was an act of trade protectionism, as Chinese officials charged, or was intended to make a statement about the administration's broader strategy on trade policy. "This is certainly not an action directed against globalization," said the official, who requested anonymity when discussing White House thinking, a day after Obama moved to add a 35% duty on automobile and light-truck tires.
September 22, 2009 |
The U.S. military commander in Afghanistan says he has evidence that factions of Pakistani and Iranian spy services are supporting insurgent groups that carry out attacks on coalition troops. Taliban fighters in Afghanistan are being aided by "elements of some intelligence agencies," Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal wrote in a detailed analysis of the military situation delivered to the White House earlier this month. McChrystal went on to single out Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency as well as the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as contributing to the external forces working to undermine U.S. interests and destabilize the government in Kabul.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2004 |
Not so long ago, said Taiwanese official Paul Chang, the view of Chinatown from his fifth-floor office window was a comforting sight -- a sea of "blue sky, white sun" Nationalist flags fluttering in the bay breeze. Today, what Chang sees is mostly red. Flapping from more than a dozen spires and flagpoles atop the ornate old buildings here, the bold red banner of the People's Republic of China now dominates the Chinatown skyline alongside the American Stars and Stripes.
April 17, 2006 |
Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) and three Democratic colleagues called for direct U.S. talks with Iran to defuse political tension about its nuclear capability and address global concerns about energy supplies. "I think that would be useful," said Lugar, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "We need to make headway diplomatically. Maybe we need to focus our attention less right now" on nuclear issues, considering that Iran is the world's No. 2 holder of gas and oil reserves.
May 18, 2002 |
WASHINGTON -- Underscoring the importance of the U.S. military alliance with Europe, Congress sent President Bush a bill he wanted Friday that endorses an expansion of NATO and authorizes security assistance for seven nations that hope to join. "The Cold War may be over, but the security and welfare of America and Europe are very closely linked," said Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Senate approved the bill Friday, 85 to 6.